The Working Shifts for You
Like I’ve mentioned, there are a lot of work at home jobs online. You just need to look at the right place and scrutinize every ad if they offer a legitimate job and paying method. Companies and startups from USA, Europe, Japan, and Singapore turn to virtual workers to do the office jobs for them. All the while, they focus on more important tasks at their hands like finding leads and generating sales (which can also be a VA job). Because of the time differences, however, the usual working shifts for Filipinos can be grouped into three categories, the USA shift, the UK shift, and the Australian shift.
The USA aka Graveyard Shift
Eto na yata ang pinaka common country na pinagmumulan ng work at home jobs for Filipinos. Many large US companies outsource their jobs here in the Philippines like AT&T, Best Buy, J.P Morgan Chase, etc. However, with President Trump’s advocacy to bring back jobs to the Americans, the BPO industry is shaken. As heard through the grapevine, Trump will increase the taxes of the companies who have outsourced their jobs to countries abroad. If that order happens, the Philippines will be one of the most affected countries.
But, many startup companies here can’t comply to the minimum wage set by their own respective states. That’s where we virtual workers come in. We work from home for them, they pay us wage that is higher than our set wage here (which should be the case!). It’s a win-win situation.
The USA has 4 major time zones, Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), and Pacific Standard Time (PST). To make matters more complicated, they also have the Daylight Savings Time (DST).
To be honest, I really have a hard time converting our time to US time kasi magbibilang ka pa ng 16 hours backwards. Dagdagan pa ng DST. So, I made a technique of my own plus some research.
To remember DST, use the phrase, Spring Forward, Fall Back. Remember, the US has 4 seasons, Winter (December – March), Spring (March – June), Summer (June-September), and Fall (September – December). DST ends on November and begins on March. So, on November, it’s a fall back, which means the US moves their clock one hour back. The change usually happens at 2:00 AM on a Sunday. When DST ends, their 2:00 AM will still say 2:00 AM after one hour (instead of 3:00 AM). Meron silang extrang one hour sleep. Sarap di ba? Ang masaklap is when DST begins.
DST begins in March, so it’s spring forward. They will add another hour to their clock. When that happens, their 2:00 AM will spring forward to 4:00 AM after one hour, thus skipping an hour. So, kung gumigising sila ng 4:00 AM for work, gigising sila ng 4:00 AM pero ang feeling ay 3:00 AM. Nakakahilo sa antok.
When computing for time differences between the US and Philippines, like I’ve said, I made a technique of my own because of my then bf who lives in California. Let’s say mag Viber call kami ng 7 PM PST, his time. What I do is this:
7 PM, PST —> invert it to 7 AM (since advance tayo ng one day —-> add 3 hours (with DST) or 4 hours (without DST) = 10 AM, Pilipinas time (w/ DST) or 11 AM, Pilipinas time (w/o DST).
Another example: Your California-based employer wants you to work 9:00 AM PST and end at 5:00 PM PST. What time sa atin yun?
Clock in at 9:00 AM PST —-> 9:00 PM —> 12 AM (with DST) or 1 AM (w/o DST).
Clock out at 5:00 PM PST —> 5:00 AM —> 8 AM (with DST) or 9 AM (w/o DST).
You may be wondering, how about CST and EST? Look back sa map, regardless of DST, the fix time difference from PST is +2 hours for CST and +3 hours for EST. Try to analyze the same formula above and apply it with some minor tweaks to get your right Philippine time.
Even though the US pays a little bit higher than other working shifts (you can always bargain a night differential from them), the mere fact that you’re working graveyard is a major downside. There are times where you can’t track down the right date anymore or the relationship you have is falling apart because you sleep all day and work at night till dawn.
The UK aka PM / Afternoon Shift
Second in our working shifts list is the UK. For me, I prefer UK employers far more than US and Australian accounts. One, I can do my errands and personal stuff in the morning like going to the bank, buy fresh meat and seafood sa wet market, shopping, etc. When I’m all done, working at home with an afternoon shift is like my rest period with pay! And two, despite the fact that their accents can be hard to understand, UK employers and clients are quite the ladies and gentlemen when engaging with business dealings. Don’t grill me on this! I just have more favorable experiences with them, lol!
The UK, at this point in writing, is technically still part of Europe. It will take at least 2 years for Brexit to be fulfilled because of the major overhauls they will do not just legislatively but on how they will run the country on their own and not be part of Europe anymore.
The UK consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Working for my Welsh boss who operates his company on a 0900H to 1700H office hours, my work time is 4:00 PM t0 12:00 AM, our time. The only drawback is their accents, huhuhu! I am adjusting, though. Sige nga! Please say Llwyngwair and Cwmwythig. These are actual locations in Wales ah! My boss, who’s laughing his bum off while teaching me (Hi boss!), pronounced Llwyngwair as cling-wire and Cwmwythig as ko-moy-thfig. 😀
Australia aka Morning Shift
Third from our working shifts list is Australia. From the land down under, I know many of you wants a morning shift more than anything! Japan and Singapore also advertise their jobs to be done by remote workers, but Australia has a lot of openings under virtual jobs. Who doesn’t want a morning shift anyways? After your shift, you make dinner or go out with your families and loved ones.
Australia is 3 hours ahead of the Philippines. That means you will start at 6 AM for their 9 AM office hours and end at 2 PM for their 5 PM closing time. After that, all the time is yours and at your bidding!
Like UK accounts, you will find their accents a little bit unclear. You can always adjust to it by repeated hearings and conversation.
How about you? Which working shifts or shift do you prefer? I’d love to see your answers in the Comments section below.